Still Bait Fishing for Kokanee

Still fishing bait for kokanee is done in much the same fashion as jigging only without the jigging; instead you position your bait a few feet above the school and wait patiently for that slight action at your rod tip. You use the same rod, reel and line you would use when jigging. Put a jig on your line that is heavy enough for the depth that you will be fishing; IE heavier the deeper you are fishing. By that I mean heavy enough that your line will quickly get down to the target zone but not so heavy it inhibits your ability to see the slight movement of your rod tip. The idea of bait fishing is to add the attraction of bait and scent to your presentation. Some like to put the bait right on the treble hooks of a traditional jig when bait fishing. I like to remove the hooks from the jig and install a heavy 15-20# leader in place of the original hook with the treble hook six to ten inches below the jig body. I also like to run 30 inches of heavy leader above the jig to prevent the line from passing the jib and becoming fouled in the main line. Another trick is to bend the hooks slightly out from their original position with some needle nose pliers.

I get my line to the target depth (found with the fish finder) by using consistent pulls of the line until I reach the correct depth. For me, two foot pulls are the ticket; your own pull length may vary, just focus on hitting the correct depth every time.  Once you have found the depth, mark your line with a bobber stop or a piece of tape. After you have that done, you can let your line free fall to the correct depth with no guessing involved.

Slight dipping of the rod tip indicates a strike. With practice you become very good at sensing the slightest bump! Hook sets are accomplished just as if you were jigging with a quick lift of the rod tip. I don’t bother with a net when fishing like this, just reel like mad until I bring the fish up and quickly flip them into the boat.

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About Kent Cannon

My passion is fishing and hunting as well as traveling throughout the Northwest and writing about those adventures. I was separated from my job a few years ago due to the still ongoing economic downturn. I had spent years working, focusing on things that really were not near and dear to my heart all the while scrambling and climbing to what I perceived as the top. I of course did not realize what I was doing, because I was caught up in the moment, focusing on what I thought was the American dream. Crashing and pushing ever forward like a Lemming headed for a cliff, oblivious the world around me. I was more than a little bitter over loosing my job; it was a good job as far as jobs go and I was making a lot of money so I could live according to the manner in which I wanted to be accustomed. In the process of trying to find another job in an unfavorable economic climate I found something that I had left behind many years ago. I found me! That is how and why I started this website, looking for myself and sharing things that I found along the way. Even though I am older now, suffering a little from arthritis and my hair is now somewhat graying I still have fire in my belly for the next adventure. The more that I seek out my next adventure, the more excited I become!

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